Women Who Raised Me A Memoir

ISBN-10: 0061246603
ISBN-13: 9780061246609
Edition: N/A
Authors: Victoria Rowell
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Description: Born as a ward of the state of Maine, the child of an unmarried Yankee blueblood mother and an unknown black father, Victoria Rowell beat the odds. "The Women Who Raised Me" is the remarkable story of her rise out of the foster care system to attain  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Born as a ward of the state of Maine, the child of an unmarried Yankee blueblood mother and an unknown black father, Victoria Rowell beat the odds. "The Women Who Raised Me" is the remarkable story of her rise out of the foster care system to attain the American Dream--and of the unlikely series of women who lifted, motivated, and inspired her along the way. From Agatha Armstead--a black Bostonian who was Victoria's longest-term foster mother and first noticed her spark of creativity and talent--to Esther Brooks, a Paris-trained prima ballerina who would become her first mentor at the Cambridge School of Ballet--"The Women Who Raised Me" is a loving, vivid portrait of all the women who would help Victoria transition out of foster care and into New York City's wild worlds of ballet, acting, and adulthood. Though Victoria would go on to become an accomplished television and film star, she still carried the burden of loneliness and anxiety, particularly common to those "orphans of the living" who are never adopted. Vividly recalled and candidly told, her story is transfixing, redemptive, heartbreaking, and, ultimately, inspiring.

Victoria Rowell, best known as Drucilla Winters on The Young and the Restless, is the author of Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, The Women Who Raised Me, received The African American Literary Award and two NAACP Image Award nominations. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Prologue: The Viewing
Grandmothers, Mothers, Aunts (1959-1968)
Bertha C. Taylor
Agatha Wooten Armstead
The Wooten Sisters & the Armstead Daughters
Mentors, Fosterers, Grande Dames (1968-1983)
Esther Brooks
Rosa Turner & Barbara Sterling ... & Linda Webb & Carol Jordan
Sylvia Pasik Silverman
Valentina Pereyaslavec & Paulina Ruvinska Dichter
Dorothy & Agatha
Sisters (1983-Present)
Millie Spencer & Irene Kearney
The Sisters Who Taught Me
Dolores Marsalis & LaTanya Richardson Jackson
Vicki Lynn Bevan Sawyer Collins Rowell
Gratitudes
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